Courtesy Visit to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Headquarters in Abuja

The Lake Chad Research Institute Maiduguri is a beneficiary of the NCC’s Wireless Internet Cloud Projects to Tertiary Institutions. This feat was achieved as a result of the research grant awarded to the Institute by the NCC to conducts a study on the Impact of National Farmers Helpline Center in North East Nigeria. The findings and recommendations of the study led to the development and establishment of LCRI/NCC Agricultural Information and Communication Center.

The center was established and equipped with funding support from the NCC and since then, the center receives various supports from the commission. Latest of such is the deployment of Internet equipment under the commission’s Wireless Internet Cloud to Tertiary Institutions.

In an effort to appreciate the commission for all the supports, The Director/CEO Lake Chad Research Institute Maiduguri – Professor Baba Gana Jugudum Kabir led a team that manages the center on a courtesy visit to the NCC headquarters in Abuja.

Group photograph with staff of the Communication & Digital Economy Complex, NCC Abuja

The team from the Institute comprised of the Director/CEO Professor Baba Gana Jugudum Kabir, Director Research & HOD Cereal – Dr Zakari Turaki who was the lead scientist during the research study, The Head of Department Agricultural Economics & Extension – Dr Bashir Alhaji Baba under whose department the center domicile as well as the Head, Media, Communication and Protocol – Mohammed Abba Sadiq who is the Coordinator of the Project in the Institute.  It was received on arrival at the Communication and Digital Economy Complex of the NCC at Jabi, Abuja on Wednesday 15th February 2023 by the Head, Project Department – Philip Eretan (FCA) on behalf of the Executive Vice Chairman/CEO Prof. Garba Danbatta.

In his speech during the visit, the Director/CEO Lake Chad Research Institute requested for amongst other things: Inclusion of the Institute in the commission’s Advance Digital Awareness Programme for Tertiary Institutions (ADAPTI). – E-PAD, Laptop, tablets and workstations, Capacity building through the training of the Institute’s Communication and extension staff ICTs, Provision of toll-free access to the farmers for contacting the center as well as Solar powered electricity supply facility and any other intervention that is deem suitable and can enhance the Institute’s   e-communications strategies.

Responding, the Head, Projects department of NCC – Philip Eretan welcomed the team and show the commission’s appreciations for the visit and the collaboration. He promised to relay all that was discussed to the CEO with a view to seeking the possibilities of expanding the intervention in the Institute.

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